School Board appoints Matt Cutter to fill vacancy

School Board appoints Matt Cutter to fill vacancy
Posted on 03/21/2019
Matt Cutter

Matt Cutter has been appointed by the Anacortes School Board to fill the seat that Karl Yost is vacating on March 21. Yost is retiring after 10 years on the school board to devote more time to his work and family.

Cutter was selected from a highly qualified pool of applicants. The board received 10 applications for the vacant seat. Through a deliberative review process, four candidates were selected for final interviews. Other finalists were Jennie Beltramini, Brian Gentry, and Miri Levi.

Cutter will be sworn in at the March 21 evening board meeting. The board will also recognize Karl Yost’s long-time commitment to the district at this meeting. Cutter, a retired Naval officer, currently works as a program manager for flight instruction for the EA-18G aircrew.

“Matt was chosen for his particular focus on preparing students for a wide range of career options, as well as his budget management experience,” said board president Bobbilyn Hogge.

In his application, Cutter noted a commitment to public service and a desire to ensure a top-notch education for all students.

“I believe I can use my experience to help shape the policies of the school board for the betterment of each child in the district, whether they are striving to work in a trade, attend a community college or intend to apply to a top-tier college,” said Cutter.

Cutter provided the following answers to additional questions provided by the board:

1. What particularly resonates with you in our strategic plan?


While I agree with all five of the pillars of the strategic plan, the first pillar resonates with me the most.  Here’s why. The first pillar focuses on quality instruction and curriculum. This is essential to providing the best education possible to our students. In my opinion, a student centered approach to teaching with a focus on using technology as an aid to enhance learning is a key element to success. I also believe that a focus on arts, electives and athletics is very important because we are looking to educate the whole person and produce well rounded graduates who can meet the challenges of any environment they may find themselves in.


2. What is your view of the role of public education in our society?

I believe that the role of public education is to produce young graduates who can contribute to our society and attempt to make it better. I think that this is done through the whole-person concept. Public education must develop students mentally through a challenging course of academics and technical training, physically through health programs and competitive athletics and emotionally through building relationships, introducing the arts and providing leadership opportunities for the entire student body.


3. What is your view of the roles and responsibilities of a school board member?

The role of a school board member is to work in collaboration with the other board members to maintain the big-picture view and to work with the Superintendent to provide the strategic guidance that is needed to provide the highest quality public education possible for our community.

Superintendent Mark Wenzel said that Cutter’s commitment to a well-rounded education for every student particularly resonated with him.

“He experienced a lot of diversity and career pathways through his military service,” said Wenzel. “I’m impressed with his deep commitment to focusing on all students in our system, as well as his belief in a well-rounded education. I think he’ll be a strong advocate for ensuring that we think about all the different kinds of learners we have in Anacortes and how we can best support them.”

Cutter said he plans to run for the open seat in the November 2019 election. The filing deadline for candidates is May 17.

Questions? Contact the Superintendent’s office at (360) 503-1211 or

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